APDA Online seminar on Maternal Death Surveillance and Response28 June 2023, Online
Together with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Asia and the Pacific Regional Office (APRO) and World Health Organization (WHO), the Asian Population and Development Association (APDA) organized an online seminar on “Legal Accountability for Maternal and Perinatal Mortality and implementation of Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response (MPDSR)”. MPDSR is a system of identifying, analyzing, and learning lessons from maternal and prenatal deaths in order to respond and prevent future deaths, and has been recommended by WHO and implemented in many low-and-middle income countries in recent years. During the seminar, experts from UNFPA and WHO presented an overview of the implementation of the MPDSR system in the region, and roles of parliamentarians in establishing accountable MPDSR systems that are mandated by law. As panelists, parliamentarians from Bangladesh, Nepal, and Australia then shared their countries' experiences.